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Is bleach or baking soda better for white clothes?

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Question: Is bleach or baking soda better for white clothes?
Derrick, a reader asks the question..."Is bleach better for washing white clothes? Or should I use baking soda?"
Answer: Bleach has often been the gold standard for getting white clothes back to pristine condition. That's because, when used properly, bleach does a great job at removing stains and grime from white clothing.

While baking soda is more often known for its odor control qualities, it does have natural whitening capabilities that are used by people who would rather not turn to bleach.

The best thing about baking soda in the laundry, is its ability to act as a natural boosting agent for bleach. In my laundry I use 1/2 a cup of bleach and 1/2 cup of baking soda for my white loads, instead of a full cup of bleach. The baking soda masks some of the bleach smell and makes the bleach even more effective.

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